Prayer

As a Christian organisation, prayer is a vital part of everything we do, underpinning all our advocacy work.

We’ve seen how prayer can turn desperate situations around, and we’d like to invite you to become part of this by praying with us!

 

 

 Prayer

How can you pray with csw?

1. PRAYER DIARY

We’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest cases we’re working on, and give you specific prayer requests for each country or situation.

  

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2. INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER FOR THE PERSECUTED CHURCH

Every November, Christians around the world unite to pray for other Christians who suffer for their beliefs. The International Day of Prayer for the persecuted Church is the perfect opportunity to get your church of small group involved in praying for persecuted Christians. 

3. Start a csw prayer group

We were so privileged recently to spend timechatting with Ros Dalton, one of CSW’s Ambassadors, who has run a prayer group for us for 18 years. Their faithful prayer has underpinned us and our work time and time again.

Here Ros shares her passion for prayer...

 

 

HERE’S HOW WE’VE SEEN PRAYER TURN HOPELESSNESS INTO HOPE.

CHINA: HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER RELEASED

Chinese human rights lawyer Gao Zhisheng has been released and is now with his inlaws in Zinjiang. 

Gao Zhisheng is a prominent Christian human rights lawyer who is best known for his work defending Falun Gong adherents, Christians, and other persecuted social groups. As a result, the government shut down his law firm and revoked his lawyer’s license.

Gao and his son Gao Tianyu. Credit - China Aid

In August 2006, Gao was illegally detained by the police, and on 22 December 2006, he was sentenced to three years in prison with a probation period of five years, on the charge of “inciting to subvert the state power.” During his probation he was forcibly disappeared six times and severely tortured in detention. In April 2010, Gao disappeared again while visiting his in-laws in Xinjiang. On 16 December 2011, the Chinese news agency Xinhua reported that Gao had violated the terms of his probation and had been returned to prison for three years.

Despite repeated requests for visits by his brother, Gao’s relatives were allowed to see him just twice in three years, in March 2012 and January 2013. Gao’s wife, Geng He, has asylum in the US where she lives with their two children.

On 7 August 2014 Gao Zhisheng was released from Shaya Prison. After his release, Gao’s wife reported that he had been kept in solitary confinement without sufficient light, has lost almost three stone in weight and is suffering from malnutrition. As a result of his time in prison, Gao has suffered from physical and psychological health problems, and is reportedly in urgent need of medical care. Read the full update on Gao's case here.